Vol. 10 No. 20 (2020): Prospettive weberiane. Uno sguardo sul presente a partire da Max Weber
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La razionalità weberiana come schema interpretativo: processi di razionalizzazione e dinamiche contemporanee

Federico Sofritti
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Published April 8, 2021
Keywords
  • Max Weber,
  • rationalization,
  • Western rationality,
  • multiple modernities,
  • modern science
How to Cite
Sofritti, F. (2021). La razionalità weberiana come schema interpretativo: processi di razionalizzazione e dinamiche contemporanee. Cambio. Rivista Sulle Trasformazioni Sociali, 10(20), 9-20. https://doi.org/10.13128/cambio-9852

Abstract

This paper addresses the concepts of rationality and rationalization in Max Weber. Drawing on the main analyses of Weber’s works carried out from the Seventies of the XX century, the purpose of the paper is to conceptualize a nuanced understanding of rationality as a result of manifold processes of rationalization in order to identify useful points that help to deepen better contemporary issues. In particular, the origins and criticalities of the process of rationalization will be addressed to define rationality as a multifaceted concept. Western rationality does not represent neither the only extant rationality nor the “one best way” of modernization; rather, it is just one of the different forms of rationality, resulting from complex and contradictory processes of objectification. Drawing on the idea of Weber’s rationalization as an interpretive scheme, it is possible to better understand two social specific dynamics: the co-existence of multiple forms of modernity; the limitations of modern science during the Covid-19 emergency.

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